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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Work accident saw man fall from wall

    By David Brown on February 22, 2014

    A secondary school has been fined £5,000 after a work accident saw one of its staff members hurt when falling 30ft (9.1m) off its climbing wall.

    Stephen Painter had not been wearing a helmet and there were no padded mats at the time to cushion his fall in November 2011, a court heard on Thursday (February 20).

    Mr Painter, employed in the PE department at Thornton Grammar School in Bradford, West Yorkshire, had been rigging ropes ahead of a lesson.

    He had asked a workmate, David Ashmore, underneath, to give him some slack. But as he reached out to attach the next bit of rope to an artificial rock, the rock-shaped hand-hold spun, causing him to fall.

    The school was prosecuted at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court following an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

    The investigation found that no person was given the responsibility of overseeing what was happening with the wall.

    Accident blamed on neglectful behaviour

    But District Judge Susan Bouch said she was satisfied this potential for slips, trips or falls had been due to the school’s neglectful behaviour rather than a deliberate act.

    The school said the wall was next on a list of priorities during its health and safety review when the incident occurred. It pleaded guilty to not ensuring the health and safety at work of its staff. District Judge Bouch also ordered the school to pay £7,500 costs.

    Accident Advice Helpline can help you

    Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can help employees win work accident compensation for a work injury claim if they have sustained a work accident.

    AAH is a national law firm with specialist solicitors and offers a 100% no-win, no-fee* solution with friendly, helpful staff and a 24/7 free legal advice hotline.

    Check out AAH website, which offers an informative blog, including advice about how to minimise your risk of falls from height.

    Source: Telegraph & Argus

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